Radio Frequency : The Contour Refiner
What is radiofrequency, and how does it work?
Radiofrequency (RF) skin tightening is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure that uses radiofrequency energy to heat the deep layers of the skin, promoting collagen production and tightening loose or sagging skin. The treatment is often used on the face, neck, arms, and abdomen.
During the procedure, a device is used to deliver RF energy to the skin’s underlying layers. The energy heats the tissue, causing collagen fibres to contract and tighten, and stimulating new collagen production. The new collagen helps to firm and tighten the skin over time.
What are the benefits?
- Tighter, firmer skin: RF energy heats the skin’s underlying layers, promoting collagen production and tightening loose or sagging skin. This can result in a more youthful, rejuvenated appearance.
- Non-invasive: Unlike surgical procedures such as facelifts, RF skin tightening is non-invasive and does not require incisions, anaesthesia, or downtime. It is a relatively quick and painless procedure, with most treatments taking under an hour to complete.
- Minimal side effects: RF skin tightening is generally well-tolerated and has few side effects. Patients may experience mild redness, swelling, or sensitivity in the treated area, but these symptoms usually resolve within a few hours.
- Versatility: RF skin tightening can be used on various areas of the body, including the face, neck, arms, and abdomen. It can also be used in combination with other cosmetic treatments to achieve more comprehensive results.
- Long-lasting results: While individual results may vary, RF skin tightening can produce long-lasting results. Collagen production continues for several months following treatment, and results can last up to two years or more with maintenance treatments.
A single session will likely leave you with a noticeably firmer and lifted appearance, with the skin around the nasolabial folds and jawline looking especially taught and fresh. “It’s great for softening fine lines – especially the nose to mouth lines – as well as lifting the cheeks and tightening the jawline,” adds James.
It’s important to note that RF skin tightening may not be suitable for everyone, and individual results may vary. It’s best to consult with a qualified healthcare professional to determine if RF skin tightening is right for you and to discuss your treatment options.
RF skin tightening is considered a safe and effective treatment option for individuals with mild to moderate skin laxity who want to avoid surgery or more invasive procedures. It can also be used in combination with other cosmetic treatments, such as laser resurfacing or injectables, to achieve more comprehensive results.
The number of treatments required can vary depending on the individual’s skin laxity and treatment goals, but typically, a series of 3-6 treatments spaced several weeks apart is recommended. Results can last up to two years or more, and maintenance treatments can help to prolong the effects.
1. Do radiofrequency facials hurt?
No, and there is no downtime – any redness in the skin will have subsided by the end of your treatment. “It’s comfortable: not painful at all, but rather relaxing. We gradually build up the heat to a temperature of 40-to-43 degrees celsius. I can compare it to the feeling of a hot stone massage”, explains Indries.
2. Who is best suited to radiofrequency?
We recommend radiofrequency to “anyone experiencing loss of firmness and dullness in their skin”. It also boosts oxygen levels in the skin, so it’s great for general radiance.
However, anyone with metal places should sit it out, as well as anyone who is pregnant or people with issues when skin sensation is altered such as diabetes. If you have acne or rosacea there are other technologies which are much more suitable, such as IPL or LED therapy
3. Where should I choose a radiofrequency facial?
Radiofrequency has been a long-standing regular in my clinic,” says James. “As a practitioner it’s important to monitor how the client’s skin is responding and heating to get optimum results. Too much heat and you risk volume loss and not enough heat will not achieve the best results.” Ergo, you want to find an experienced practitioner.
As well as James, who offers treatments at a private location in Surrey, we recommend visiting the following clinics where radiofrequency either forms part of an advanced facial, or is offered as a standalone treatment
Face $ 199
Neck $ 129
Face + Neck $ 249
Forehead $ 99
Eyes $ 79
Breast Lift $ 149
Abdomen $ 169
Hips $ 169
Buttocks $ 199
Upper Arms $ 169
Upper Black (bra Line) $ 169
Thigh (inner + Outer) $ 239
Knees (Inner + Outer) $ 125